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Crash victim remains in critical condition

The man involved in a collision with a train about two km southeast of Blackfalds on Saturday remains in critical condition in an Edmonton hospital.

The 82-year-old Blackfalds resident was airlifted to the University of Alberta Hospital after the small car he was in was struck by a train.

Blackfalds RCMP Cpl. Barry Larocque said the vehicle was in the Burbank subdivision and was struck on a CN Rail line.

His condition in the hospital was listed as critical.

Police are not releasing a name but say both road conditions and distracted driving may have been factors in the collision.

According to interviews with the train crew, the trains was travelling at about 40 km/hand was blaring its horn and whistle to warn the driver, Larocque said. There was no apparent acknowledgement of these warnings.

“He came to an uncontrolled intersection,” said Larocque.

“According to the people on the train the vehicle did not stop.”

The man was extracted from the vehicle by the attending emergency services and first put on an ambulance.

It was then that the decision to call in STARS Air Ambulance to airlift him was made.

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